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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Friday 8th in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mk 11,11-25): (…) When they reached Jerusalem, Jesus went to the Temple and began to drive away all the people He saw buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the stools of those who sold pigeons. And he would not let anyone carry anything through the Temple area. Jesus then taught the people, «Does not God say in the Scriptures: ‘My house will be called a House of Prayer for all the nations’? But you have turned it into a den of thieves».The chief priests and the teachers of the Law heard of this, and they tried to find a way to destroy him. They were afraid of him because all the people were captivated in his teaching. When evening came, Jesus left the city (…).

Jesus, the "New Temple" of the "new Israel". Universality of salvation (the Church is "catholic")

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, after the "cleansing" of the Temple, Jesus "taught": «My House shall be called the House of prayer for all the peoples (...)». In this synthesis of Jesus’ "teaching" on the Temple, two different prophetic words appear as cast.

First, the universality of which Isaiah’s prophecy speaks (56:7): in the future, in the House of God, all peoples will worship the Lord as one God. Although Jesus consciously limits to Israel His intervention, He is always moved by the universality trend to "open" Israel, so that all can recognize in the God of Israel the one and only God all over the world. Second, Jeremiah’s words (cf. 7:11): «You have made my house into a den of robbers», appears intertwined. Jeremiah is an impassioned advocate of the unity of worship and life in the context of divine justice; he fights against a "Jewish" politicization of the faith and the temple…

—Jesus, You are the "New Temple" where we all find God and also, where we all find ourselves in God.